November 2016
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Lunch Lecture on The Iron Fence
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Thursday, November 10th at 5:30

Artist-in-Residence Roberto Mighty will present his final transmedia exhibition (video, audio, music) "earth.sky." This updated production encompasses 35 short films and biographies.  
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Restoring our Egyptian Revival Gateway: The Iron Fence
Thursday, November 17th at 12Noon
Come learn about a multi-year project to restore our Egyptian Revival Gateway. Work on our Iron Fence was taken on by  Cassidy Bros. Forge.   Read more... 

Horticultural Highlight: 
Metasequoia glyptostroboides

November brings a continuation of our colorful autumn foliage even as some earlier brilliantly colored maples, dogwoods and others have now shed their leaves. 

Dawn redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides elegantly enhances its growing space throughout the calendar year, but the rich, changeable autumn color, yellow-brown, apricot, russet-brown, causes many people to stop and ponder, "What is that tree?" 

Dawn redwood, adds greatly to the impressionistic coloring enhancing our beautiful landscape.   Learn more


Eternally Green:  Working Together to Create a More Sustainable Mount Auburn

Mount Auburn is cherished for its beauty and tranquility, and for its historical significance. But if you look closer, the Cemetery is much more than this. It is a vibrant institution, leading the way on sustainable horticultural practice and reinventing what a sacred place can be. 
You may notice the seasonal cycles, but the changes that are unseen are equally important. We are striving to become as significant for sustainability ... more

Beauty on the Edge of Eternity
Book Talk TONIGHT with Richard Cheek

Book Talk: 
The Strangers' Tomb
Tuesday, November 29th at 6PM
Refreshments at 5:30

Robin Hazard Ray's new murder mystery, The Strangers' Tomb, set in Mount Auburn Cemetery, takes place in the tumultuous period before the Civil War in Boston, as immigrants, fugitive slaves, and scientists jostle for survival among the fading but still-powerful Puritan aristocracy.  

Join the author in Story Chapel as she reads from her novel, followed by a book signing.


Hooded Merganser

Photo by Helen Abrams
Hooded Merganser

Hooded Mergansers can be seen in the autumn spending time on Halcyon and Auburn Lakes at the Cemetery.  The male is unmistakable with his puffy, rounded crest with large white patch, outlined in black and gold eyes.  Read more...

R.H. White Mausoleum,
Eagle Avenue, ca. 1910
History Highlight: 
R. H. White Mausoleum on Eagle Avenue 
As Mount Auburn's Stone Farm area was laid out in the 1870's plans evolved from a rigid grid to a design of gently curving roads and paths which would provide for a few dramatic focal points like the White mausoleum, designed by Willard T. Sears... more

Asa Gray Garden

View from above Asa Gray Garden,
Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Person of the Month: Asa Gray 

Asa Gray  (1810-1888)  pioneer in the study of plant geography, favored a thoughtful understanding of plants rather than rote classification.  His comparisons of the botany of Japan and North America demonstrated great insight and he was a vocal  supporter of Charles Darwin   Learn more...

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Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community

Wednesday, November 16 at 7PM
Reading Public Library
This presentation is co-hosted by Candace Currie, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Ruth Faas, Mourning Dove Studio, and hospice volunteer Richard Davis. 


Thursday - November 17th 
Refreshments at 6:30 & Event at 7PM 
Andover Public Library

Andover's fourth Death Cafe - hosted by Richard Davis. Seating is limited - please pre-register online via the library's events calendar.
Contact Stefani Traina at straina@mhl.org or 978-623-8401, x49 


Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 pm
Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
Park Ranger Anna Christie tells the story of the Appletons' adventure. 
This program is part of the celebration of Fanny Longfellow's 200th birthday. 
Please RSVP by calling (617)876-4491 or via email at reservationsat104@gmail.com 


Tuesday, December 1st 
6:00pm Reception | 7:00pm Lecture
Presented by  Anne Whiston Spirn
Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, MIT

Wheelock College, Brookline Campus
43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA
Seating is limited and reservations are required.
Reserve online or 617-566-1689, ext. 265

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Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery
tel: 617-547-7105 

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